Our Profile


  • To make India the health destination of the world and leverage the resultant economic growth to improve the health status of our people
  • To create an attitude and environment of trust and integrity thus helping all to share and enjoy mutually beneficial relationships
  • To facilitate rightful leadership place for our expert human resource through actualization of their potential.
  • To train our current and future generations to attain ever-higher levels of expertise through education and participation
  • To establish a data base system enabling meaningful analysis and informed decisions for progress
  • To create institutions and systems that benefit all stakeholders
  • To establish our credibility of an order that everybody can look up to


  • The overall shape of "Q"? to denote quality.
  • The Human figure in the centre to denote the centrality of Healthcare receiver / user.
  • The overlay of Asclepius staff (the Caduceus) to denote interaction with Healthcare providers.
  • The short name 'ICHA' on top.
  • The mission slogan at the lower end in the banner ‘Establishing Validated Excellence’
  • The lotus formation below the Human figure depicts the flame of life as the central bud. The petals are formed by the profile of several hands on either side to denote teamwork and partnership. The significance of lotus due to its total usefulness and ‘PADMASAN’ in the Indian Philosophical context is well known.
  • The branches on either side denote peace, prosperity and progress.

ICHA : Safe Health care for all

  • Enroll your Hospital as an Organizational Affiliate.
  • Enroll as an Individual affiliate.
  • Get your association/institution to enroll.
  • Give your perspective-Fill the Healthcare Response Sheet.
  • Become a "Friend of ICHA"?. You can contribute a minimum of Rs 500/- with no upper limit. These "donations"? are tax-deductible U/S 80 G of IT Act.

Vision, Mission & Values


To attain global leadership and make India the health destination of the world by providing continuously better quality healthcare through actualization of our tremendous expert resource potential.


Establish validated excellence in healthcare through collaborative team effort to achieve ever-higher optimal levels of quality, access, cost and risk minimisation. We endeavour to bring about all round improvement and happiness to all stakeholders in healthcare.

Values / Guiding Principles.

  • Balance of rights and responsibilities
  • Credibility through integrity and quality
  • Failure mode redressals
  • Withdrawal of accreditation
  • Action by ICHA on redressal of complaints
  • Support to the right practices.
  • Integration rather than division
  • Innovation encouraged
  • Choice of Adaptation and adoption in implementation
  • Trust- Transparency- Transactions as core operative framework.
  • Work through Volunteering – Negotiation – Conciliation

ICHA Structure

Significant Movements Worldwide

  • Autonomous – professional driven – open accreditation systems
  • Political and moral force in Health care arena
  • Balanced growth – self regulation of Health care market
  • Professional focused to patient focused
  • Individual to team effort
  • Responsive and accountable
  • Greater public scrutiny
  • Continuous interdependent relationship with Executive Judiciary & Legislative
  • Greater focus on professional care
  • Delays when Govt. support sought as primary driver
  • Not succeeded without professional support
  • Piecemeal systems not worked
  • Multiple systems not worked

The convention shall have detailed deliberations on various aspects of Patient Safety and focus on all WAPS Action Areas. The focus shall be on India centric priorities and contributions. The outcome shall be that ICHA fraternity with Global Partners:

  • To from Action Area Groups to sustain and carry forward the patient Safety mission continually.
  • Committed pledges and implementation of GPSCs and other areas shall be complied.
  • Expand avenues like research projects, Scholarships/ Fellowships, Safety

Steps of Activities for Associations/Member Stakeholders

  • Strengthen ICHA. Widely disseminate the information through inserts and write ups in journals, conference announcements, and Personal/written communication.
  • Voluntary distribution of work to individual experts (affiliates) on Standard Assessment Guidelines (SAGs) and Standard Treatment Guidelines (STGs). Ask professionals / members to give SAGs & STGs that are already documented. Similarly other providers develop process guidelines in other areas.
  • Process and guidelines to be made by people who do the actual work in conjunction with input providers and output receivers.
  • Initial focus on high volume and high-risk diagnosis groups and key processes.
  • Categorization/grading of guidelines into ideal / desirable / threshold levels.
  • Experts form groups of 5-10 to exchange and initial peer review.
  • The initial work is posted on the web site specially created.
  • Concerned people can give their feedback with alternative suggestions with reasons thereof.
  • Reiteration process – update as necessary, through the author.
  • Final approval by the concerned professional associations.
  • Consideration and adoption by the Technical council of the ICHA.
  • Updation at-least annually and as and when necessary
  • ICHA in parallel to work on generic areas and post guidelines on website for reiteration as above.

Key point summary of the Memorandum and Articles of Association

  1. A section 25 Not-for-Profit Company limited by Guarantee with registered office in Delhi. 7 associations viz. API (Association of Physicians of India), ASI (Association of Surgeons of India), ISA (Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists), AIOS (All India Ophthalmological Society), IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Association), IHPA (Indian Hospital Pharmacist’s Association) and AHA (Academy of Hospital Administration) – the requisite number signed as the initial subscribers.

  2. To develop, implement and upgrade a comprehensive Healthcare Accreditation System thereby bringing about all round improvement in Healthcare delivery for the benefit of all.

  3. An autonomous body that is widely held (i.e. all stakeholders – providers, users, payers & funders, educators and regulators) and is driven by professionals. Has consensus based approach to encourage and ensure collaborative relationships. Consideration of all aspects of healthcare delivery and views of all stakeholders with trust and transparency to ensure credibility and continued participation.

  4. Not for profit but aim to be economically self-sustaining in the long run. Volunteering to work but recognition and rewards for contribution and excellence.

  5. Focus on Quality and its continuous improvement internally as well as externally.

  6. Provisions for utilising futuristic technology and dynamic to be in tune with the times.

  7. Long-term perspective incorporating appropriate safeguards for continued value of purpose.

  8. Non-political, unbiased structure ensuring equity and opportunity for all to contribute.

  9. Two levels – Membership with voting right limited to national associations represented by their nominees (with provision for invitees / observers as necessary) and Affiliates comprising individuals, individual organisations / hospitals and regional / local associations or specific purpose bodies.

  10. Neutral Chairperson and Vice-chairperson. Periodical rotation through Board of Directors (eligibility limited to National Associations) – Technical Council – General body to ensure shared responsibility, dynamism and inclusion. The proportion composition of the Company at all levels to be in ratio of contribution, need and availability of stakeholders (see 15 below).

  11. Corporate functioning to ensure timely goal achievement and maintain focus through dedicated Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supported by a team at various levels as per need and progress

  12. Board of Directors shall be selected preferably by volunteering or elected on the basis of their willingness to contribute to their role as owner/business managers by the Technical Council. An Executive Committee of Board of Directors (3 or 5 as per need) to supervise and support day-to-day functioning of the CEO and ICHA

  13. Work by those who volunteer but to ensure responsibility, timeliness and purpose to be compensated / recognised / rewarded appropriately. This shall ensure a focus and high quality. The Technical Council shall be responsible and determinant of the technical content. All stakeholders shall represent it. The seats shall be allocated in respective categories in their proportionate representation on the basis that the first round shall accommodate all specialties / categories. If seats are available then only the 2nd round of seats may be catered to and so on depending upon also on the number of members from each area / category / speciality. The choice of representation in case of more than one member of the same major specialty / subspecialty / category shall be decided within the group either by consensus, rotation or voting as the group may deem fit. Thus leading to limited voting if necessary by the General Body.

  14. Mandatory articles as per companies act and to ensure special status. Eligibility for various exemptions, reliefs and special Income–Tax status. Exempted from Income Tax: Registered under section 12A read with section 12AA(1)(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 vide letter No. DIT(E) 2005-06/I-1052/04/131 dated 12th May,2005. Donations to Indian Confederation for Healthcare Accreditation are exempt from Income Tax as per Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961 vide letter No. DIT (E) / 2009/I-1052/772 dated 24/9/2009

  15. The composition of ICHA at all levels i.e. General Body, Technical Council and Board of Directors shall be as below: –
    National Professional Association(s) of Healthcare Providers: 60%
    National Association(s) of Facility Owners/Providers: 10%
    National Association(s) of Consumers Organizations 10%
    National Association(s) of Media 03%
    National Association(s) of Law/ Legal professionals/ Chartered Accountants 02%
    National Association(s)/Organisation(s) of Funders or Payers
    (break up as under):
    (i) Government 5%
    (ii) Insurance 2%
    (iii) Companies 3%
    National Professional Councils/ Educational/ Research Bodies in areas of Healthcare 05%


Coming Together- the beginning, the daunting challenge turned into a huge success

Indian Confederation for Healthcare Accreditation was created in the year 2002 and was officially registered as a not for profit organization in the year 2004 under Section 25 of the Companies Act. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Akhil K. Sangal and a group of visionaries, ICHA was created to bring together multiple stakeholders on a single platform and thus establish validated excellence in healthcare in India. Inspired by similar bodies in the developed nations, the zest and vigour of the visionaries have been such that what took 50 years or more in the west was achieved in India within a short span of three years. The coming together, though a daunting challenge, was a huge success because within the first three years of our operation we were able to garner the support of individuals, organizations (affiliates) and constituent associations/institutions not only from the health sector but also from all walks of life. And the number has been steadily on the rise. Currently, all the major National Associations/Institutions of Medical Sciences and practitioners (Clinical, Lab, Admin), Nursing, Pharmacy, Therapy, Consumers, Management and Architects are our subscribers. All the Associations/Institutions are well established and are recognized as apex bodies in their respective fields.

Pioneering efforts at the national level

ICHA has pioneered and shaped the Patient Safety movement in India and have been working relentlessly towards strengthening health system for better quality healthcare.

Over the years, ICHA’s efforts have gained momentum and ICHA has emerged as a convenor, pioneer, leader championing healthcare par excellence in India and envisioning to make India the health destination of the world. In its third year of operation, ICHA organized a pioneering event- National Convention, 2005 supported by Govt. of India and WHO India Office. Gradually there were other such events including the Regional Convention in Bangalore in April 2007 and the ICHA Convention on Patient Safety in November 2009 in New Delhi. ICHA was a member of the Working Group for 11th Five year plan.

Transcending national boundaries- Global recognition

And what more, our journey have transcended national boundaries as ICHA has become globally recognized most optimal and credible platform for knowledge, expertise on transforming healthcare for better quality, access, cost and risk minimisation. ICHA is amongst the six organizations globally to be invited by Ministry of Health and Population, Govt. of Egypt to assist to restructure the country’s health care system. ICHA is empanelled with DFID for Quality Assurance in Health Sector.


2002 - Establishment

2004 - Registration as not for profit organization Under Section 25 of the Companies Act

2005 - Pioneering event- National Convention supported by Govt. of India and WHO India Office

2006 - Member of the Working Group for 11th Five -Year Plan (2007-2012)

2007 - Regional Convention in Bangalore

2009 - ICHA Convention on Patient Safety in New Delhi

List Of Directors 2013-2016

S.No. Name Designation Nominee
1 Arun Goel Sr. Consultant Orthopaedics Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of India
2 T. N. Ravi Sankar Hony. Secretary – IMA – CGP Indian Medical Association – College of General Practitioners
3 P. K. Shah President FOGSI Federation of Obs & Gyn. Societies of India
4 Ajay Gambhir Secretary, NNF National Neonatology Forum
5 Rajesh Upadhyay Sr. Consultant Gastroenterology Association of Physicians of India
6 Baljit Singh Director Professor, Anaesthesiology G. B. Pant Hospital Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists
7 Sanjeev Sood EC member, IAMI Indian Association of Medical Informatics
8 V. S. Bole EC Member, AIOTA All India Occupational Therapists Association
9 Surekha Sama Treasurer, TNAI Trained Nurses Association of India
10 Raj K. Agrawal Director, CMD All India Management Association
11 Rajan G. Secretary General, CAI Consumers Association of India
12 Anjali Manocha Head, Lab Medicine, SGRH, New Delhi Association of Clinical Biochemists of India
13 Chandrashekhar R. Chief Architect, CDB, DGHS Indian Institute of Architects
14 Akhil K Sangal CEO & ex-officio Director ICHA



Advisory Council

S. No. Name Designation Nominee
1 Rajan Madhok Overseas Affairs Medical Director – PCT Manchester U. K.
2 Vijay Garg Mg. Director Vastuki Consultants Treasurer, IIA
3 S. Venkataraman Consultant Neurologist
4 S. L. Nasa Registrar Delhi Pharmacy Council
5 Arun Raizada Head – Laboratory Medicine – Medanta
6 S. Aruhlraj Chairman Sundaram Hospitals, Past President IMA
7 Ashok Saxena Prof. Anaesthesia, UCMS Delhi
8 Kapil Mehta GC Member, IIA
9 Lalit Verma Hony. General Secretary AIOS
10 Ramana Rao G.V. Executive Partner – GVK EMRI GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute

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